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adjective, starch·i·er, starch·i·est.
  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of starch.
  2. containing starch.
  3. stiffened with starch.
  4. stiff and formal, as in manner.
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Origin of starchy

First recorded in 1795–1805; starch + -y1
Related formsstarch·i·ly, adverbstarch·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for starchiness

Historical Examples of starchiness

  • "I do not know where your uncle is," replied Gabriel suddenly, and losing his starchiness.

    The Chestermarke Instinct

    J. S. Fletcher

British Dictionary definitions for starchiness


adjective starchier or starchiest
  1. of, relating to, or containing starchstarchy foods
  2. extremely formal, stiff, or conventionala starchy manner
  3. stiffened with starch
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Derived Formsstarchily, adverbstarchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for starchiness



1802, from starch + -y (2). Related: Starchily; starchiness.

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